Cholera outbreak kills 10 in Democratic Republic of Congo

Ten people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to a cholera epidemic, according to local authorities.

Cramped and unsanitary conditions in the displaced people's camp in the east have led to confirmed cases of the deadly waterborne disease. Thousands of people have fled to the camp to escape conflict in their homes, IB Times reports.

A cholera outbreak spread through DRC last year, as well, killing hundreds in communities along the Congo River.

A makeshift clinic has been set up by doctors in the camp to care for the sick, while experts try to curb the spread of the disease, IB Times reports.

Easter Congo saw 18,552 cholera cases last year resulting in 232 deaths. Cholera can be spread by poor hygiene and limited access to safe drinking water.

This newest outbreak follows a Sierra Leone outbreak in July that infected more than 4,000 people, killing at least 62, including 21 children under the age of five.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cholera is an illness caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium that spreads via contaminated water or food sources. Poor sanitation and water systems lead to food and water contaminated by cholera, which can kill within hours. The disease causes approximately 100,000 deaths annually.